MSK Custom Explorer style guitar, made in Hobart Australia 2016. MSK is the brainchild of Tasmanian luthier Mike Kelly, a one-man bespoke operation creating beautiful and fast-playing guitars just north of Hobart. This is a classy take on the Gibson classic; it's well appointed and nicely made too. The body is solid Tasmanian blackwood; a tonewood of increasing renown among top tier worldwide brands. The body is slightly thinner than a regular Gibson, which serves to relieve a little weight and make it balance nicely whether you're sitting or standing. The Invader pickup slams out a huge amount of output; it's thick and saturated but with enough nuance to clean up nicely when required. The neck is reminiscent of an Ibanez RG in profile but slightly chinkier; it's got a flat section in the middle for some added precision on lead parts, and the jumbo frets and ebony board certainly offer a bit of luxury under the fingers. It's wearing Sperzel locking tuners, a Gotoh bridge and top quality electronics and lives in a super sturdy SKB case, so it's a sturdy gig-beast waiting to be let loose on the unsuspecting public.
Model: MSK Titan
Made: Hobart, Australia, 2016 (no serial)
Finish: natural satin
Body: Tasmanian blackwood
Neck: quatersawn maple 2-piece, ebony board, moderate D shape, no inlays, jumbo frets, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Pickups: Seymour Duncan Invader
Case: deluxe SKB hard case, great quality and condition, worth heaps!
Cosmetic condition notes: Minor finish wear. Neck and headstock pretty clean. The back has a couple of very minor dimples and some minor glossing from contact. The front is also clean, just some minor glossing from play. Overall: excellent condition (9.5/10)
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, they're tall too, 9/10 for life left. Setup with fresh 11/52s and tuned to drop-C, but could happily go lower or higher in tunings if need be.